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Happy National Day Belgium!


Brief History of Belgian National Day

 First Belgian King, King Leopold I

Belgium broke away and gained independence from the Netherlands in 1830, through the Belgian revolution.

In February 1831, the National Congress adopted a constitution.

In 21 July 1831 the first Belgian King, King Leopold swore allegiance to the Belgian constitution in the Saint Jacobs Church on the Coudenberg in Central Brussels. Leopold I became the first king of the Belgians and the leading powers at that time recognised the Belgian independence.

The causes of the Belgian Revolution were mainly the treatment of the French-speaking Catholic Walloons in the Dutch-dominated United Kingdom of the Netherlands, and the difference of religion between the Belgians and their Dutch king.

Activities this year

July 21st is the Belgian National Holiday. From 10 am till 11:30 pm, there will be a big popular feast between the Parc de Bruxelles (Warandepark) and the Place Poelaert in honour of the National Day. Numerous activities and free demonstrations will take place. Entrance for the public: only via the Rue Royale and the Place Royale.

Parc de Bruxelles – Warandepark

  • Military camp by the 101st Airborne Division

  • Battle of Waterloo (reconstruction of a bivouac)

  • Prince Laurent Foundation

  • Purveyors to the Court 

  • Events for children: small train, old carousel, sports, circus

  • Bee campaign 

  • Traditional Vietnamese art

  • Concerts at the kiosk

  • Fair of Sint-Lievens-Houtem

  • Dog show

  • Graffiti

  • Minigolf

  • Radio-controlled boats

  • Football with European Futsal Cup promotion and sales of Red Devils shirts

  • Noirauds

Place Royale – Koningsplein

  • Experience Brussels! exhibition at Brussels Info Place (BIP)

  • Popular games

  • European village (European Commission with info and events about Europe, 10h-19h)

  • Church of Saint Jacques-sur-Coudenberg

  • Army with helicopter, F-16 flight simulator, climbing tower,…

  • Bozar

Place des Palais – Paleizenplein

  • 17h-18h: military and civil parade

  • 22h30: multimedia show with a video projection (mapping) at the Palais des Académies – Paleis der Academiën in the presence of the royal family

  • 23h: fireworks

Mont de la Cour – Hofberg

Place du Musée – Museumplein

  • Palace of Charles of Lorraine

  • Army

Rue de la Régence – Regentschapsstraat

Sablon – Zavel

  • Concerts (Stage of Nostalgie 12h30-0h)

  • Demonstration of mountainbike trial

  • SIAMU – DBDMH (fire brigade of Brussels)

  • Our Lady of Sablon Church

  • Civil Protection

  • Antique market (10h-21h)

  • Eagle Brothers (American motorcycles and cars)

Place Poelaert – Poelaertplein

  • Police village (local and federal police): events for children, police dogs, Death ride (14h-21h),…

  • Visit of the Law Court (11h-20h)

  • Vivaqua


The feast will end with a gigantic fireworks from the Place des Palais at 11 pm.

Source: Burssels.be







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